Use your favorite brownie mix to go from zero to brownies in 20 minutes. This recipe adapts a store-bought, oven-cooked mix to make moist, low-fat brownies that take five minutes to cook in your microwave. Substituting fatty oils with applesauce, you can enjoy healthy brownies without sacrificing that chocolaty taste you love! It's so easy a college student can do it.
Total Time: 20 minutes
Cooking: 5 minutes
Cooling, Cutting and Cleanup: 5 minutes
You only need three ingredients:
1. Brownie Mix: Any box of your favorite brand (*optional: use a sugar-free brownie mix for a low-calorie option)
2. Egg(s): Use number directed on the box (*optional: substitute 1/4 cup of egg whites per egg for a fat-free option)
3. Applesauce: About 1 cup depending on the amount of oil required for your mix (*optional: use a no-sugar added brand)
Nuts: Give your soft brownies a little crunch
Frosting: For an extra sinful brownie
1. 1 Mixing Bowl
2. 1 Plate: Large, deep (at least 3/4 in.), microwaveable; paper, plastic, glass, or ceramic, but not metal; must freely rotate in microwave
3. 1 Microwave: With turntable; Note: It is extremely important that the batter can rotate freely to ensure even cooking
4. 1 Measuring Cup: 1/2 cup or 1 cup will do
5. 1 Spoon: For mixing and pouring batter
6. 1 Knife: For testing while cooking, and cutting when finished
7. Napkins for serving and cleanup
Step 1: Calculate Ingredients
Important! The amount of applesauce you need is twice the amount of oil in the recipe . Do not add oil or water to the mix.
For example, our box called for 1/2 cup of oil and 1/4 cup of water, so we replaced them both with 1 cup of applesauce (2 x 1/2 cup oil = 1 cup applesauce). The subtle taste of the applesauce will not change the chocolate brownie flavor you love.
Do not add water, because the applesauce already contains enough. Adding more water may cause the brownies to come out too gooey.
2. Egg(s) : Use the recommended number of eggs (adding more may produce poor cooking results in the microwave).
Note : Do not adjust the recipe for high altitudes (3500 ft+). We cooked our brownies in the microwave at an elevation of 4,600 feet without following the high-altitude directions on the box, and they came out just great. For simplicity, try this recipe with the standard directions on the box using only applesauce and eggs and see how they come out before attempting to follow the high-altitude directions.